So this is what happens when a Manager instils Belief in a squad. Some of our fan base, including on here (Shelfy, others?) dared to dream or make predictions that we would get the result that we needed and things would pan out well in the other tie (or over the whole group), but…..but, these lads had to actually go out and do it on the night. No giving up until the 90+ET minute. Keep playing our game. Calm. Focussed. Trusting teammates.
We started well. First 5 minutes I remember thinking; “We’re up for this tonight” and then BAM! Sucker punched again. FFS! Another big game, another individual error gifting a tough opponent an early goal. I’m not digging KWP out specifically, Dembele was on him in a flash, but the reality is that we too often cause our own problems in these games. Luckily this time, we had the minerals, the BELIEF, to turn it round.
As the first half ebbed and flowed we rode our luck a little, whilst also creating our own chances. Apart from the goal, I’d say it was honours even, without having looked at any stats at all.
Second half: ‘We are Tottenham, we’re in the Camp Nou, and we are here to kick your collective arses.’
Moussa smashing around.
Danny Rose finally, FINALLY! looking like the player he used to be. Taking on players and beating them. So good to see. If we can get Serge back and improving, and Rosey carrying on on this trajectory, we can have two properly effective wing/full backs with good enough back up for lesser games. Harsh on Tripps and Davies but you suddenly see what we’ve been missing when our full backs are actually providing a threat.
Harry finding a way to influence the game, even if he was having an off-night in front of goal (involved in 16 goals in 16 CL games – 13 goals, 3 assists). Dele classy as always.
Lamela and Moura on at just the right time.
All in all, a great night, one to remember and draw to confidence from. We can take anyone on. The Flat Oeufers, that is.